It’s hard not to love Descendants of the Sun. This pre-produced K-Drama had been a ratings juggernaut in Korea from the moment it premiered earlier this year. Primarily marketed as a love story between a doctor and a soldier, it also offers viewers a glimpse into the lives of Korean first responders. I wasn’t initially sold on the premise but it gradually changed when I saw the plot unfold on-screen. So if you’re looking for a K-drama to binge-watch on your next sleepover, this comes highly recommended by yours truly for the following reasons:
The Song-Song couple’s chemistry is off the charts!
Song Hye Kyo’s ethereal beauty is incomparable. The woman looks like she hasn’t aged since Autumn in my Heart! You’d never realize there’s a 4-year age gap between her and the perpetually boyish Song Joong Ki. Together, their portrayals of Yoo Si Jin and Kang Mo Yeon made DotS one of the more – if not the most – memorable dramas of 2016. So convincing were they that rumors began floating, as early as the first half of the series, that these two were in fact dating in real-life.
What love triangle?
A drama isn’t complete without a third party to ruin the main couple. Thankfully, Kim Eun Sook has slowly mastered the art of developing a primary and secondary couple in her dramas devoid of such problem. What they’re faced instead are circumstances, whether personal or professional, that would test their mettle as a couple.
How can you not appreciate anything that is shot (partly) in Greece? The picturesque city masqueraded for some scenes from the fictional country of Urk and everything was just breathtakingly postcard worthy.
No unnecessary plot extensions.
The drama is pre-produced which means all the scenes have been shot and edited accordingly months prior to its airing. This is quite a gamble in an industry known for its grueling filming hours so I’m happy DotS is setting a (positive) precedent. The upside of having canned episodes is that no unnecessary plot fillers are inserted just to keep up with the viewers’ interests.
Escapism-drama at its finest.
Who cares if Si Jin jumped through a window and walked like it wasn’t (more than) a ten-feet drop to the ground? Or that Mo Yeon survived a vehicular fall over the cliff? DotS had a lot of WTH moments which were both amusing and cringe-worthy. But heck, this is why it’s a drama after all! People watch to momentarily escape reality even for just an hour each day.
Thankfully, the finale veered away from those spoilers popping all over the internet. My sister was ready to discard all 15 episodes should the ending prove to be less than satisfactory. As Chi Hoon said, isn’t it awesome that after all they’ve been through everyone got their happy ending?